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Government funds job training for Ontario immigrants

Submitted by on May 26, 2011 – 6:54 pmOne Comment

Bridge to Jobs in OntarioLooking for a job in Ontario?

The Government of Canada is pro­vid­ing an addi­tion­al $22 mil­lion to the Bridge Training pro­gram to help skilled immi­grants in Ontario find jobs in their field.

Ontario’s Bridge Training pro­gram helps immi­grants get their license or cer­tifi­cate in their pro­fes­sion or trade, so that they can work in Ontario.

If you have inter­na­tion­al train­ing in health care, human resources, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy, finan­cial ser­vices, biotech, nurs­ing, and many oth­er fields of employ­ment, you may be eli­gi­ble. See the full list of sup­port­ed Ontario job cat­e­gories for the types of employ­ment and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion train­ing avail­able.

The Bridge Training pro­gram also helps immi­grants get the train­ing they need to find jobs in their field.

A Bridge Training pro­gram can help you with:

  • Assessment of your edu­ca­tion and skills
  • Workplace expe­ri­ence
  • Skills train­ing or aca­d­e­m­ic train­ing
  • Preparation for a pro­fes­sion­al license or cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam
  • Language train­ing for your pro­fes­sion or trade

Some of these pro­grams pro­vide job-relat­ed lan­guage train­ing to help you get a job quick­ly in your field.

You may also be eli­gi­ble for finan­cial assis­tance of up to $5000. Internationally trained indi­vid­u­als par­tic­i­pat­ing in eli­gi­ble Ontario Bridge Training pro­grams offered by Ontario col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties can apply to the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program.

The Bridge Training pro­gram has been co-fund­ed since 2007-08 by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. The Government of Canada is con­tin­u­ing its con­tri­bu­tion with $12M in 2011 – 2012 and $10 mil­lion in 2012 – 2013.

To date, more than 35,000 immi­grants in Ontario have ben­e­fit­ed from the pro­gram.

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it the Ontario Bridge Training pro­gram web­site.

Bridge pho­to by Loozrboy (flickr)

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